Tea Tree Oil Uses

What is Tea Tree oil? And what are the skin related Tea Tree oil uses?

Tea Tree oil comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia plant. Tea Tree oil is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and it has great cosmetic advantages.

NB: Tea Tree oil is used topically only; do not ingest unless you are using it in a vaporizer for colds and flu or it is used as a mouthwash.

Tea Tree oil is used in the treatment of thousands of skin problems; too many to mention all of them here! Here we have mentioned only some of the top benefits and uses of Tea tree oil for skin care…

Some common Ailments Treated with Tea Tree oil include:

Acne, Abscesses, Cysts and Boils
Psoriasis, Eczema, Impetigo, Scabies
Yeast infections (Fungal infections)
• Wounds, Small cuts, Abrasions and Insect bites.
• Killing Lice and Ticks.
Dandruff, Dry skin
Warts, Skin tags

Other Tea Tree oil uses & benefits of tea tree oil:

Tea tree oil mouthwash: Used as a mouthwash to combat bad breath, cold sores or for getting rid of plaque. Three drops of tea tree can be added to one glass of warm water and used as a mouthwash daily.

• Used in a vaporizer for treating respiratory problems ranging from sore throats to bronchitis.

Tea tree shampoo for head lice: Our head lice tea tree oil remedy. Tea Tree oil shampoo can be made by just adding a few drops of Tea tree to your own shampoo. Tea tree hair products are readily found in most shops.

• A few drops of Tea Tree oil can be added to your bath water to fight off bacteria that causes bad smells. A tea tree oil foot soak could be great for somebody suffering from smelly feet.

• A few drops of Tree Tea Oil in a spray bottle filled with water can be used to disinfect your hands and kill germs.

• Tea Tree oil antifungal benefits: The Tea Tree oil nail fungus remedy is commonly used. There is no special toenail fungus tea tree oil lotion, you can take a few drops of 100% essential oil and mix it with a tsp of olive oil for topical application daily. You can alternatively make your own tea tree oil cream by adding Tea tree to any plain Aqueous cream.

• A Tea Tree oil cleanser can keep the skin bacteria-free, therefore preventing acne outbreaks. Read more on how you can use tea tree oil for acne.

Tea Tree oil scabies remedy: Tea tree not only removes the itch, but will actually kill the scabies mites.

Tea Tree oil yeast infection remedy: Diluted tea tree oil can be applied to vaginal areas to treat yeast infection as a tea tree oil douche. Do not apply full strength Tea Tree oil to the area.


Make your own Tea tree oil soap (Just add Tea tree)


How does Tea Tree work?

Tea Tree essential oil contains Terpenoids (natural lipids) which are Antiseptic and Antifungal. Tea tree’s antiseptic properties help fight germs, bacteria and fungus therefore preventing all types of infections.

Tea Tree oil can be applied to the skin in its pure oil form or can be mixed with a carrier such as Aqueous cream, other essential oils and/or often pure olive oil or Jojoba oil. If you have a sensitive skin, you should preferably dilute your Tea Tree oil. A few drops of tea tree oil are sufficient.

Good makes of tea tree oil products to look out for include: Paul Mitchell tea tree collection (especially the Paul Michell Tea tree shampoo), Desert Essence tea tree oil, American crew tea tree, Earth Therapeutics Tea tree oil and Hollywood Beauty Tea tree oil products.


Interesting fact on Tea tree oil use: Tea tree oil was used in the 20th century by Australian doctors as an antiseptic before antibiotics where discovered.



Some possible Tea tree oil Side Effects

* Pure tea tree oil applied to the skin may cause rashes, itching and/or blisters.

* Large amounts of tea tree oil applied to the skin can cause weakness, muscle tremors and confusion.

* Some Tea tree oil research suggests that it can cause problems with normal hormone function, if used in excessive amounts.


Other pages on Remedies for skin in connection with this page on Tea tree oil uses

- Vitamin E benefits on the skin

- Milk thistle skin care







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